Sunday, February 8, 2009

Martin Truex Jr. Wins The Pole For the Daytona 500

The pole for the Daytona 500 went to Martin Truex, Jr., but I think most Nascar fans are most proud of Mark Martin who qualified second today. Here's the details from The New York Times:

Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for the Sprint Cup season-opening Daytona 500, and the sentimental favorite Mark Martin qualified second.

Truex and Martin locked in their spots during Sunday’s qualifying at Daytona International Speedway.

Truex earned the pole by turning a lap of 188.001 miles per hour in a Chevrolet.

Martin turned a lap of 187.817 in a Chevrolet. Widely considered the greatest driver to never win a Cup championship, Martin, 50, is returning to full-time Nascar racing after running a partial schedule the past two years.

Only the top two spots were secured under the complicated qualifying process. The rest of the field will be set by two 150-mile races Thursday.

But the top 35 teams from last season are assured a spot in the 43-car Daytona 500 field. Four other drivers were locked into the field, although their starting spots will not be determined until Thursday.

Bill Elliott, Tony Stewart and Travis Kvapil assured their spots in the field by posting the fastest speeds among teams not in the top 35 from last season. Terry Labonte earned a berth as the fastest former Cup champion not already assured a spot.

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